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Our weekly list of freshly tapping beers with quality Bottlecraft recommendations

Welcome to San Diego Beer News‘ weekly list of beers tapping for the first time or returning to beer lists at breweries throughout San Diego County, including links where you can find additional info or purchase the beers online. For more details regarding release/tapping dates, times and locations, consult the official website or social-media accounts of the brewing companies listed.

And keep scrolling for Bottlecraft staffers’ recommendations about beers they are excited about that can be found at their bottle shop locations in North Park, Little Italy, Point Loma and Oceanside!

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  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Artifexican Mexican-style Lager, 4.7%
  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Bye Felicia Double IPA, 8%
  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Can We Be Friends IPA, 6.9% (collaboration w/ MadeWest Brewing)
  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Czech Your Motueka Hoppy Czech-style Pilsner, 5.1%
  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Trigger Finger IPA, 6.7%
  • Artifex Brewing (Oceanside): Unicorn Juice Wheat Ale w/ Passionfruit, 5%
  • Ataraxia Aleworks (Kearny Mesa): Great Wit Buffalo White IPA, 7.5%
  • Athletic Brewing (Miramar): Soul Sour Non-alcoholic Fruited Sour Ale, < 0.5%
  • Barley & Sword Brewing (North Park): Bier von Bayern Hefeweizen, 4.7%
  • Barley & Sword Brewing (North Park): From the Ashes American Porter on Cask, 5.1%
  • Black Plague Brewing (Oceanside, Escondido, North Park): Olde Ways American Light Lager, 4.2% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Black Plague Brewing (Oceanside, Escondido, North Park): Open Mind Hazy IPA, 6.8% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Little Italy): Lagoon View Double IPA, 8% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Little Italy): Main Grove IPA, 6.7% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Little Italy): Rainbow Pulp Hazy IPA, 6.8% – PURCHASE ONLINE
Black Plague Open Mind Hazy IPA
Black Plague Brewing has a brand-new core hazy IPA called Open Mind available it at its tasting rooms in Oceanside, Escondido and North Park
  • Coronado Brewing (Bay Park, Coronado): Point Danger Hazy IPA, 7.5%Deft Brewing (Morena): Day of the Deft Irish-style Stout, 5.2%
  • Deft Brewing (Morena): DeftHopt Schwarz Schwarzbier-inspired Black IPA, 5.8%
  • Division 23 Brewing (Miramar): Dual Zone IPA, 8.2%
  • Division 23 Brewing (Miramar): Paul’s Pilsner New Zealand-hopped Pilsner, 5%
  • East Village Brewing (East Village): Pre-Czech Pils Bohemian-style Pilsner, 4.8%
  • Fall Brewing (Miramar, North Park, South Park): Your Pretty To Blonde Ale, 5.2%
  • Flawless Beer Co. (Vista): Flawless IPA, 6.5%
  • GOAL. Brewing (North Park): Ube Haze Hazy IPA w/ Ube, 6.7%
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, South Park, Bay Park, Carmel Valley): Double IPA, 8%
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, South Park, Bay Park, Carmel Valley): Yuzu Japanese Lager, 5%
  • Helix Brewing (La Mesa): Lao Mesa Rice Lager, 4%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Hoppin Pils New Zealand-hopped Pilsner, 4.5%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Juice Box Hero Fruited Hard Seltzer, 6%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Cream Ale, 5%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Incognito IPA West Coat IPA, 7%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Strawberry Sunset Golden Stout, 7%
  • Karl Strauss Brewing (Downtown, Sorrento Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, San Marcos): Rum Barrel-aged 35th Anniversary Weizenbock, 8.2%
South O Antimatter DDH IPA
Antimatter, an IPA double-dry-hopped with Citra Cryo, Cashmere and McKenzie, is one of two beers debuting at South O Brewing in Oceanside
  • Mission Brewing (East Village, Kensington): Mordor Red IPA, 7%
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): 15 Speed Double Dry-hopped West Coast IPA, 6.2% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Raspberry Lime Fizz Fruited Sour Ale, 7% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Three Times Three Triple Dry-hopped Hazy Triple IPA, 10.2% (collaboration w/ Omnipollo, Monkish Brewing, Trillium Brewing, Other Half Brewing, Troon Brewing & Brujos Brewing) – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad): Blinkie Triple IPA, 9.6%
  • Resident Brewing (Downtown): Burnt Edges Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla & Cacao, 14%
  • Seek Beer Co. (North Park): Chosen Ones West Coast IPA, 7%
  • Seek Beer Co. (North Park): Lucid Expedition Double Dry-hopped Hazy Triple IPA, 10%
  • South O Brewing (Oceanside): Antimatter Double Dry-hopped IPA, 7%
  • South O Brewing (Oceanside): Stackz Blueberry Pancake Double Stout, 8%
  • Stone Brewing (Escondido, Point Loma, Downtown, Harbor Island, Oceanside): Delicious Hazy IPA, 7.2%
  • Stone Brewing (Escondido, Point Loma, Downtown, Harbor Island, Oceanside): Ruination Double IPA, 8.2%
  • WestBrew (Vista, Del Mar, East Village): Braaap Super Session IPA, 3.5%
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Gene Fielden

Gene Fielden | North Park Bottlecraft Manager

Trillium Citra Cutting Tiles | Hazy Double IPA (8.5%): This column marks the very first time that Trillium has appeared among the picks. Sporadic distribution drops over the past twenty months have tantalized San Diegans looking to experience one of the codifiers of the hazy IPA, as well as transplanted New Englanders in the throes of nostalgia. Cutting Tiles is a line of Double IPAs exploring a single hops varietal, with a dose of raw wildflower honey for body and aroma. This edition spotlights Citra, whose key lime characteristics meld beautifully with the floral notes provided by the honey. This beer was an off-list item from the distributor and surely will not linger long!

Enegren Dunkel | Munich-style Dunkel (5.5%): A good Dunkles Lager is hard to find. Literally translating to “dark lager”, this southern German style is the brown bread of beers, offering toasty aromas atop a lighter body. These sorts of bottom-fermented beers predominated throughout the independent kingdom of Bavaria before the great pilsner wave roared through in the middle of the 19th century. As usual, Enegren absolutely nails it – nutty Munich malts predominate, while the lagering process makes for a dry and clean finish. With such a low ABV, this is a beer to be enjoyed in multiples. Prost!

Off Color Dino S’Mores | Pastry Stout (9.5%): Chicago is home to a panoply of incredible breweries, a testament to the groundswell of support by local drinkers. While Half Acre, Revolution and Dovetail (to name but three) would be high points on the agenda of most craft beer-oriented visitors, I have an enduring soft spot for Off Color. This idiosyncratic operation has a delightful camping-inspired stout for wintertime in Dino S’Mores. With cocoa nibs, graham flour, marshmallow, molasses and vanilla in the mix, tempered by a sturdy basis of eight malts, this is a dessert beer to curl up with.

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